53 days to moving day, $53 raised for your charities (coincidence?)
I was tossing this new mascara in the garbage today:
when it occurred to me that I haven’t come very far in the experimental purchasing department. You know those things you buy in a pinch when the store is out of your favourite brand or you think perhaps they have indeed designed a better wheel.
I am a persnickety consumer – thank goodness, really – or we’d be in a lot more debt than we are now. Still, I do find myself reaching for a newfangled thingamabobber on occasion.
I realize that last statement makes me sound like I’m 80 years old. I’m only halfway there, but there are a few things that I’ve learned in my forty years about what to resist.
1) Never buy anything that is an improvement on what already works for you. You will always be disappointed.
2) Never buy the next closest thing to what you really want.
3) Never buy an exercise gadget.
4) Never buy something for your child that they just saw on TV.
5) Never buy anything that requires more maintenance than you are willing to provide for it.
6) Never buy a brand new home or a brand new car. Let someone work out the kinks and absorb the depreciation for you.
7) And never, ever, ever buy this:
unless, of course, you are:
A) living in a dorm
B) courting a hippie
C) experimenting with drugs, or
D) all of the above
And if any of the above apply to you – nothing I write will make any sense to your for fifteen or more years.